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As deficit soars, House to vote on GOP balanced budget amendment

  • 10:02 pm Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after new numbers from the Trump Administration showed a sharp increase in the budget deficit for the current fiscal year, and two days after fresh predictions that yearly federal deficits will top $1 trillion in two years, the House will vote Thursday on a Republican plan for an amendment to the Constitution that would require a balanced budget.

The plan has little chance of success, and seems to have only exacerbated tensions inside the GOP over budget discipline.

“This upcoming balanced budget amendment shouldn’t be called a BBA; it should be called a CYA,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), [More]

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election in 2018

  • 10:26 am Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday morning that he would not run for re-election in 2018, adding his name to a lengthy list of GOP lawmakers who have decided to leave the Congress, facing a mid-term election playing field which seems tilted in favor of the Democrats.

“I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” the Speaker said, telling reporters he had “no regrets” about his time in the post.

“I am announcing that this year will be my last,” Ryan told reporters, after informing his fellow GOP lawmakers in a regular closed door meeting of House Republicans.

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President Trump warns Russia on possible U.S. military strikes in Syria

  • 7:15 am Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Again breaking with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria, President Donald Trump on Wednesday taunted Moscow via Twitter, scoffing at talk by Russian lawmakers that their nation would stop any U.S. missiles which might be aimed at Syrian facilities in the wake of chemical attacks in that country by the Assad Regime.

“Get ready Russia,” the President wrote on Twitter just before 7 am ET.

“You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” the President added, as he said U.S. ties to Russia were deteriorating.

It was almost exactly a year ago [More]

White House argues Trump can fire Mueller, as Facebook CEO says his company is cooperating with Russia probe

  • 4:40 pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after President Donald Trump and his inner circle were stunned by an FBI raid in New York which targeted the President’s personal attorney, the White House stood by Mr. Trump’s concerns about the Russia investigation, publicly making the case that the President has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The President has been clear that this has gone too far,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which has drawn repeated criticism from the President.

Asked directly if Mr. Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller, a [More]

In wake of FBI raid on his lawyer, Trump continues to blast Mueller probe

  • 7:20 am Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The day after the offices of his personal lawyer were raided by the FBI, President Donald Trump on Tuesday again denounced the investigation involving his campaign and the question of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!” the President declared in a morning tweet.

Mr. Trump also complained that “Attorney-client privilege is dead,” as the FBI seized materials and evidence from his longtime personal lawyer.

On Monday – before being asked any questions by reporters – Mr. Trump spoke at length about the raid involving his lawyer Michael Cohen, labeling the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller a ‘witch hunt,’ [More]

Trump calls FBI raid on personal lawyer a “disgrace,” won’t rule out firing Mueller

  • 6:51 pm Monday, April 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Hours after FBI agents executed a search warrant on his personal lawyer, President Donald Trump lashed out at the special investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 elections, denouncing a Monday raid as an “attack on our country.”

“This is a pure and simple witch hunt,” the President told reporters in the White House Cabinet Room. “It’s a disgraceful situation.”

“This is ridiculous, this is now getting ridiculous; they found no collusion whatsoever with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “There was no collusion at all, no collusion.”

“I have this witch hunt, constantly going on, for over 12 months now,” the President [More]

Trump denounces ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, raises possibility of U.S. military response

  • 12:18 pm Monday, April 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Raising the possibility of a U.S. military strike, President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the latest apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, telling reporters that he would soon meet with Pentagon leaders on the U.S. response.

“Nothing is off the table,” the President said flatly when asked about U.S. military action.

Reports from the Syrian opposition indicate around 40 people were killed in the chemical attack, which took place in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

“It was an atrocious attack, it was horrible,” Mr. Trump said. “You don’t see things like that – as bad as the news is around [More]

Congress returns facing Trump demands for action on immigration

  • 5:00 pm Sunday, April 8th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As lawmakers in the House and Senate return to Capitol Hill after a two-week Easter break, they arrive back at the U.S. Capitol this week facing an increasingly frustrated occupant of the White House, as President Donald Trump has made clear in recent days that he wants action from the Congress on immigration and other issues, and wants it done now.

“We have immigration laws that are laughed at by everybody,” the President told reporters last week at the White House. “And it’s got to be changed.”

But while Mr. Trump has repeatedly pressed for action in Congress, the votes simply aren’t [More]

GOP lawmaker resigns, still owes $84,000 for sexual harassment settlement

  • 9:10 pm Friday, April 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Already not running for re-election, and under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) resigned from the Congress on Friday afternoon, leaving Capitol Hill without having paid back taxpayers for an $84,000 settlement of a sexual harassment case involving himself and a former staff member, as one Democrat questioned whether the Texas Republican was trying to avoid that payment.

“Could it be that the Ethics Committee was about to act on his case?” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). “Why hasn’t Farenthold kept his promise and repaid the taxpayers for the $84,000 paid out for his sexual harassment case?”

A [More]

After strong February, new report shows weaker job gains in March

  • 8:50 am Friday, April 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The Labor Department reported Friday that 103,000 jobs were created in the month of March, a sharp drop from a strong report in February, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle to generate strong employment gains on a consistent basis.

The mixed bag of jobs numbers was highlighted by revisions which increased the number of jobs created in February to 326,000, while decreasing the final figure for January back to 176,000.

Overall, unemployment remained at 4.1 percent, staying at the same level since October; the U6 jobless rate, considered to be the broadest measure of joblessness, improved to 8 percent.

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